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Not a Token Gesture: Compensating Service Providers with Virtual Property

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Questions surrounding the use of virtual currencies and other digital tokens (“tokens”) as compensation came to the forefront last month following formal guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on...more

Could Tax Reform Threaten Higher Education?

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Given declining funding from government sources and the continued pressure to minimize tuition increases, it is critical for higher education institutions to encourage private giving. The primary catalyst for private giving...more

U.S. Withholding on Synthetic Trades over U.S. Equities—Further Delay of Full Implementation Until 2019 (Notice 2017-42)

In response to perceived abuses in taxpayers’ use of swaps and other derivative transactions (e.g., options, futures or forwards) to avoid withholding tax on U.S. source dividends, Congress added Section 871(m) to the...more

Florida Property Owners: The Notice Of Proposed Property Taxes From Your County Property Appraiser-Beware Of Deadline For Appeal

by Roetzel & Andress on

What to Do with the Notice - Immediately open the Notice of Proposed Property Taxes and examine its contents for accuracy. The Notice contains column headings which include: - Taxing Authority - Your Property Taxes...more

IRS Provides Guidance on Stock Distributions for Publicly Offered REITs and RICs

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Revenue procedure sets forth requirements for ensuring certain stock distributions are treated as property distributions eligible for dividends paid deduction. On August 11, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)...more

Loans to U.S. Subsidiaries Should Be Carefully Structured and Documented to Obtain U.S. Tax Benefits

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Canadian companies should carefully structure and document loans and advances to their U.S. subsidiaries. If loans to U.S. subsidiaries are not properly structured and documented, such loans may be recharacterized as equity...more

Justice Department’s Latest Offshore Bank Resolution Confirms Value Of Self-Disclosure And Voluntary Remediation By At-Risk...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Justice Department revealed its latest offshore bank resolution by announcing that it had entered into a non-prosecution agreement with a Swiss asset management firm called Prime Partners. This means that Prime Partners...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Tunisia

1. What role does the government of Tunisia play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Tunisian government places a priority on attracting foreign direct investment. The Tunisian government...more

U.S. Tax Court Ruling Exempts Gain on Foreign Partner's Sale of a Partnership Interest

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the U.S. Tax Court issued a decision in Grecian Magnesite Mining, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. No. 3, which could have a significant impact on how non-U.S. investors invest in U.S....more

New Cases Provide Mixed Messages to Conservation Easement Donors

Fifth Circuit encourages flexibility for conservation easement deductions in Bosque Mountain Ranch, while Tax Court makes it difficult for farmers in Rutkoske. Two important conservation easement opinions were handed down...more

New Property Tax Exemption for All South Carolina Manufacturers

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The South Carolina Infrastructure and Economic Development Reform Act, 2017 Act 40, was recently enacted and is designed to enhance South Carolina’s economic competitiveness. The Act, commonly referred to as the gas tax bill,...more

Good Corporate Citizen or Simply Paying too Much Property Taxes

by Dickinson Wright on

Notwithstanding that property taxes tend to be one of the more significant operating expenses for commercial property owners, applying the “good corporate citizen” rational, many fail to challenge their assessments. Does that...more

Clues That There are Problems With A 401(k) Plan Provider

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When it comes to illnesses and diseases, there are usually warning signs out there. Whether you can come out healthy from a debilitating illness or disease is dependent on whether you can tell the warning signs. I’ve seen...more

Tax Payment Plans: What Do You Do? (Part 3)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

If an individual or business owes federal taxes and does not have the current ability to pay these taxes, the IRS can “seller-finance” and offer a payment plan with the taxpayer. The primary benefit of a payment plan is that...more

Online Marketplace Sellers Eligible for Significant State Tax Relief

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: For two months beginning August 17, 2017, online sellers of merchandise through Fulfillment by Amazon or a similar marketplace provider are eligible for sales tax and income tax forgiveness in 19 states. Unlike...more

Developments in the U.S. Tax Treatment of UK Charities

by DLA Piper on

The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the U.S. tax exempt status of 195 prominent UK charities by posting their names on a website. These UK charities will find it harder to attract support from U.S. individuals and...more

Ireland's Revenue releases guidelines on requesting Mutual Agreement Procedure assistance

by DLA Piper on

Ireland has published guidelines for requesting Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP) assistance. The guidelines, issued in early August, set out the legal basis for requesting MAP assistance as well as...more

ATTENTION PROPERTY OWNERS: Your 2017 Property Tax Notices Have Been Mailed To You!

By now, all 67 Property Appraisers in Florida have finalized the 2017 valuations for property taxes. Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices have been sent to all property owners, so these notices have either been received or will be...more

IRS and States Crack Down on POS Systems: Zapper Software

by Bowditch & Dewey on

A good point of sale (“POS”) system is critical for any business engaged in sales to the public and having one in place goes a long way to ensuring that revenue and profits are being reported properly to federal, state and...more

Big Tax Court Win for Eaton in Canceled APA Case

by Alston & Bird on

In a significant taxpayer victory, the Tax Court, in a memorandum decision, has ruled in Eaton Corp. & Subsidiaries v. Commissioner that the IRS’s decision to cancel Eaton Corporation’s two advance pricing agreements (APAs)...more

Tax Talk: Volume 10, Issue 2

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - With the failure of health care legislation to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, eyes in Washington, D.C. are now turning to tax reform. Since Congress plans to take August off, any real tax...more

Could A Proposed Federal Law Solve The Misclassification Riddle?

by Fisher Phillips on

For years, businesses have struggled with properly identifying workers as either independent contractors or W-2 employees. The hundreds of thousands of jobs created by the gig economy have complicated matters even further....more

California Supreme Court Declines To Rehear Documentary Transfer Tax Appeal

by Allen Matkins on

In June, I wrote about the California Supreme Court’s disappointing decision in 926 N. Ardmore Ave. v. County of L.A., 2017 Cal. LEXIS 4768 (Cal. 2017). Readers may recall that the Supreme Court applied the concept of a...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Tanzania

1 .What role does the government of the United Republic of Tanzania play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The government plays an active role in approving and regulating foreign direct investment....more

Illinois Court Upholds Cook County’s Beverage Tax Finding It Passes Constitutional Muster and Related Developments

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 28, Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak dismissed the Complaint filed by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and a group of retailers challenging the constitutionality of the Cook County, Illinois Sweetened Beverage...more

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